A Film For Friday: Alan Savage on Blue Velvet by David Lynch

    Dark: a word that is so over-used these days, it has become one of those sound-bite clichés. But it might have been invented to describe a film like ‘Blue Velvet’. Because the dark side is certainly what this film delves into: both psychologically and sexually.   I saw ‘Blue Velvet’ in a cinemaContinue reading “A Film For Friday: Alan Savage on Blue Velvet by David Lynch”

Palookaville (1995)

  Taking its title from a quoted-to-death  line in ‘On The Water Front,’ Palookaville is  the  story of Jerry, Russ  and Syd – three friends who feel  so trapped in their  no hoper jobs and one horse town that they decide  to escape the rut by embarking on a life of crime, at one pointContinue reading “Palookaville (1995)”

Recommended Read: Suspects by David Thomson

David Thomson’s Suspects is a very clever book written by a renowned film critic who went to the same school as P.G. Wodehouse and Raymond Chandler and, at times, it is as funny and stylish as both of those writers’ work. It consists of a number of short  biographical sketches of  characters from Hollywood filmsContinue reading “Recommended Read: Suspects by David Thomson”

Guest Blog: Serena Bramble -Through a Camera Lense, Noirly: Reflections on Gloria Grahame

Gloria Grahame’s acting was like sex: even when it was really bad, it was still pretty fucking great. Maybe it was her pouty, cotton-stuffed lips. Or her eyes, which alternately purred, “Yeah, I know what you want,” then in a blink contradicted themselves with pleas of a better life. Eddie Muller said last year inContinue reading “Guest Blog: Serena Bramble -Through a Camera Lense, Noirly: Reflections on Gloria Grahame”

SPOTLIGHT ON … Carole Parker –Screenwriter:Part Three

SPOTLIGHT ON … Carole Parker –Screenwriter:Part Three   Carole Parker ‘I’m a Noir/Pulp/Hard-Boiled dame. A chain-smoking, hard-drinking, screenwriting beach babe, and all-around dangerous chick. If you’ve got the crime, I’ve got the time …’ ‘Carole Parker writes some of the sexiest, sassiest, dirtiest, ball-busting prose around and one of these days I’ll finally persuade herContinue reading “SPOTLIGHT ON … Carole Parker –Screenwriter:Part Three”

SPOTLIGHT ON … Carole Parker – Screenwriter : Part One

SPOTLIGHT ON …Carole Parker – Screenwriter : Part One Carole Parker ‘I‘m a Noir/Pulp/Hard-Boiled dame. A chain-smoking, hard-drinking, screenwriting beach babe, and all-around dangerous chick. If you’ve got the crime, I’ve got the time …’ ‘Carole Parker writes some of the sexiest, sassiest, dirtiest, ball-busting prose around and one of these days I’ll finally persuadeContinue reading “SPOTLIGHT ON … Carole Parker – Screenwriter : Part One”

This Impossible Night by Peter Ord

PETER ORD – SONGWRITER I’ve known Peter Ord for THIRTY years ! He is a songwriter and artist living in Hartlepool, UK. A self-taught musician (guitar, bass and keyboards),he has been writing music since his early teens. In the 80’s he performed with post – punk bands in the Middlesbrough area, including Halcyon Days, OceansContinue reading “This Impossible Night by Peter Ord”

Guest Blogger: Matt Dukes Jordan – Hollywood Zombified The World.

In Hollywood the line between the living and the dead is permeable and many screenwriters exist in a zombified state, souls long gone, boney fingers tapping on keyboards as if guided by some unseen force, cranking out screenplays about zombies, something they know well. Guys like John Fante, Jim Thompson, and Horace McCoy are goodContinue reading “Guest Blogger: Matt Dukes Jordan – Hollywood Zombified The World.”